Astronaut Michael Collins, who was part of the Apollo 11 mission, first landed on the moon, thinks that the United States should not turn out into the dominant force in space, it must be developed together with other countries.
Collins was in the orbit of the Earth’s satellite, while two other crew members made a walk on the lunar surface in 1969.
“I think the United States should be a force in the world, but a very friendly force, not a force that tries to dominate,” he said on Friday, speaking at George Washington University in Washington.
At these words, the audience raised a cheer.
According to the famous astronaut, a journey to almost three dozen countries after the completion of that historical mission influenced on his worldview and attitude to the place of technology in the world.
“I think we need to step back a bit so that we have a joint approach with the whole world to the things we do in space. It may lead to a slowdown somewhere, but I’m not sure that speed is a fundamental goal. I think it is more important if the goal is achieved by all,” he said.
During the week, there are memorable events in honor of the anniversary of the flight to the moon around the country, their culmination will be July 19-20, when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were the first ones who landed on the Moon 50 years ago.
Natalia Veselnitskaya – official website